This last Sunday was the International Folk Fair. This was personally my fourth fair to attend, so I am pretty used to it by now. Over the last few years we’ve had mostly the same people as officers and we’ve been able to nail down a pretty successful formula. This year, I divided everyone into two preparation groups: Decorating and Cooking. Kelsey lead the decoration team and I lead the cooking team at my place. We made lots of food for the fair on Saturday night and then early on Sunday morning I got up early to make the last of the food (tonkatsu) with Tetsushi and Kyoko. I think all of the food turned out really great this year.
Kyoko and Tetsushi setting up the flag.
We had several different activities for the kids such as origami and calligraphy (mostly writing your name in Japanese for you). Actually, now that I think on it these were the only two activities we had.
Brian and Abba at the origami table.
Serving Yakisoba to customers.
This year’s menu.
Me making some Takoyaki.
This year’s JCS treasurers, Yuki and Kelsey.
Gilman serving up some fried noodles.
Erik and Minori at the calligraphy table.
My grandparents and parents showed up, too. They came to see me and check out the rest of the fair as well. Unfortunately, our group was late to set up and get the food going so I was busy and didn’t get to talk to them much.
Dad and Mom.
We did eventually get set up though, and they ordered some food from us.
The sushi makers making sushi. The sushi was a lot better than last year.
I taught Ashley how to make Takoyaki this year. These were her creation. I only showed her once and she made them very well.
Kyoko’s cat drawing.
Doing calligraphy with the kids.
Shannan put on the sumo suit this year!
This is at the origami table.
This was a very successful year, I think! I’m not sure about how much we earned yet, but going by how smoothly things ran and how much fun everyone I’d say we did a good job. I did have a very busy night after cleaning up, however. I had a project due for Computer Design & Architecture the next morning that I was still putting the finishing touches on. I had to write a program in MIPS that found all of the amicable pairs of numbers in a given range and list them in ascending order. I ended up staying up pretty late to get it working, but the important thing is that I got it working!PS – If you want to view all of the photos I took from the Folk Fair (and I’m sure you do), check them out over in the gallery.